Westminster Business News: Blue Bistro, Sideways Cafe, Firehouse Subs and More

Coming, going and under new management -- Patch highlights business happenings in the Westminster area.

New Business

Blue Bistro & Catering took over the former A Gourmet Affair deli. Blue Bistro co-owner Lori Javier (yes, the wife of Rafael Javier who owns Rafael's on Main Street) said they intend to keep some of the old deli favorites but add new menu items as well as a bistro-style dinner on weekends and catering services.

Firehouse Subs, a national chain with a commitment to supporting the local fire department, is open at 625 Baltimore Blvd, near Petsmart.

The Sideways Cafe is now open in what used to be Tuscany Cafe at 84 East Main St. According to its website, The Sideways Cafe offers a full menu of food using locally grown produce and ingredients in addition to a full bar.

Tobacco and Sundries Shop opened next to Wine Me Up! on Main Street.


Frisco Family Pub in the Westminster Shopping Center closed in late December after 34 years in operation. Owner Cheryl Lawson said business has been inconsistent in the last few years.

New Location

Race Pace Bicycles has moved from its location on Baltimore Blvd to the downtown area at 1 Railroad Ave (Rt. 27 and Main Street behind Johansson's).

Carroll Gymnastics has moved from 4 Seasons Sports Complex in Hampstead to 5 Center Street, formerly East End Athletic Club.

New Ownership

The former Westminster Cigar Company is now Davidus Cigars, 23 E. Main St.


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Peggie Kozo January 24, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I hope Blue Bistro keeps the shrimp salad and broccoli salad. They are the best in town.
Rafael Javier January 24, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Hi Peggie, thanks for the nice comments, I will inform Lori & the girls about ur request. Have a nice warm day.
Mike Jordan January 30, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Don't forget about Westminster based Critical Response Management. Our groundbreaking new workshop "Mental Health First Aid" is a basic first aid class for every citizen on the topic of mental illness. This is what you NEED to know in today's society. Great for Individuals, parents, employers and HR professionals. To be held at McDaniel College on Feb 21 & 22 www.CRMsaves.com/MHFA for more information.
Debra Haugh April 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Everyone should try Blue Bistro Deli & catering. It is located in the shopping center where Starry Night Bakery is. You can get a good lunch and on Fri. & Sat. evenings they have a dinner menu.The dinner is excellent and the staff is very friendly. Chef Melissa puts a personal touch on everything she makes and strives to make her customers happy. I ate there last night and had the best crab soup. Also you can bring your own beer and wine. They will keep it chilled for you and no corkage fee for wine.
Debra Haugh April 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Peggie, if you like the lunch menu at Blue Bistro Deli you should come in on Fri & Sat evenings for dinner. I have been there 4 times since they started serving dinner and I am always pleased.


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